Although Frank Ferry failed to receive enough votes to advance to the Los Angeles city council runoff election in August, he nonetheless received help from friends in the area.
Several current and former Santa Clarita city councilmembers endorsed Ferry, as did a former congressman. But it wasn’t enough, as Ferry received 8.86 percent (2,862 votes), good for fifth place out of 15 candidates.
Ferry served the city from 1998-2014 and worked with Mayor Marsha McLean, Mayor Pro-Tem Cameron Smyth and Laurene Weste, all of whom offered endorsements.
McLean said that whenever she went down to the valley as part of any of the various government-related organizations such as the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments, in which she is a board member, “I let them know I support Frank.”
Smyth endorsed Ferry in a video on Ferry’s campaign Facebook page, although he identified himself as a former Assemblyman and neither a city councilmember nor a Santa Clarita resident.
Smyth told the Gazette that as an L.A. City Councilmember, Ferry would keep the relationship strong between Santa Clarita and the north San Fernando Valley.
“With Frank, you got what you saw,” Smyth said. “He was very clear about his position, and very honest about them. Whether you agreed with him or not, you always knew where he stood.”
Another person who endorsed Ferry was former Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, who said in a video Ferry posted on Ferry’s campaign Facebook page that Ferry was a person McKeon relied on for information.
“Frank worked hard and listened to his constituents,” McKeon said. “He was a strong advocate for families, police officers, our youth and our older Americans. I knew I could always count on him.”
Former city councilmember Laurie Ender also endorsed Ferry, mentioning Ferry’s work with the city’s Blue Ribbon Task Force, which the city council formed January 2010 to provide information and education to the community about alcohol/drug/tobacco use by teens (McLean also credited Ferry with it).
One person who did not endorse Ferry was Rep. Katie Hill (D-Agua Dulce), although a photo dated May 31 on Ferry’s campaign Facebook page might have given people that idea.
According to Hill campaign manager Kelsey O’Hara, Hill has a relationship with Ferry, as he was one of her teachers at Saugus High, and she invited him to host her local swearing-in ceremony in January.
Officially, Hill endorsed Loraine Lundquist, O’Hara said. Lundquist finished second with 19 percent of the tally (6,145 votes) in Tuesday’s election and advanced to August’s runoff.
As for the photo on Ferry’s page, O’Hara was unconcerned.
“It doesn’t particularly bother us,” O’Hara said. “She does know him, and she has taken photos with him.”